But the Performante's real trick is its Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva system, known as ALA for short. It basically offers a high downforce mode for corners and a low downforce mode for the straights, taking just 0.2sec to switch between them.
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Outwardly, you'll spot the Performante from regular Huracáns by its extensive use of Lamborghini's Forged Composite carbonfibre for the aero parts, bronze-coloured wheels and Italian flags on its sills. Because what's a true Lamborghini if not attention seeking?
Optional variable-rack dynamic steering and magnetorheological dampers fully realise the potential of the ALA system, the stability control has been retuned and the whole car feels more alert and agile. The biggest improvement is in the steering, which has been locked into a much narrower range of variance in Corsa mode, addressing the sensation of pushing on that dominates the regular Huracan's dynamics. With something to lean against, you now have even greater confidence in the throttle.
And what a throttle. We've got used to turbocharged supercars, but the Performante's bombastic naturally-aspirated V10 is a wake-up call in terms of noise, response and linearity of delivery. It's so sharp, so exciting and so goddamn loud that you'll find any excuse to ring it out to the 8,000rpm power peak, with the huge powerband giving you so many options.
Making a proper stab at track ability and lap times is new territory for Lamborghini, and the Performante's chosen speciality of active aerodynamics gives it real technical intrigue. The expert calibration of the various technology is brilliantly executed, too, and never intrudes on the driving experience; the astonishing pace of this car is as accessible to average drivers as it is rewarding to real experts.